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City refuses to name tunnel after actor Bud Spencer despite internet support

The Local · 28 Jul 2011, 09:06

Published: 28 Jul 2011 09:06 GMT+02:00

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Instead, they have decided, they’ll name a swimming pool after him in homage to his brief swimming career, which included an appearance at the 1952 Olympic Games. A final decision on the tunnel name is due in September.

The decision came at a sometimes tumultuous city council meeting on Wednesday that was filled with Bud Spencer fans who booed and protested.

Thousands of Germans have swarmed the website of the southwestern city, voting to name a tunnel currently under construction after Spencer, an Italian actor who starred in dozens of action movies with his on-screen cohort Terence Hill.

In what started as an exercise in civic participation, Schwäbisch Gmünd city officials collected public suggestions for the tunnel's name. After sifting out blatantly offensive options, they then put them all on the internet and invited people to vote earlier this year.

But before long, a groundswell of support for the Bud Spencer Tunnel had formed, apparently driven by a campaign on the social networking website Facebook.

More than 20,000 people claim to have voted to name the tunnel after Spencer, prompting bemused city officials to claim the voting was hijacked by outsiders. Schwäbisch Gmünd, best known for producing gold and silver handicrafts, has just 62,000 people.

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18:12 July 28, 2011 by vonSchwerin
This seems a like a more than fair compromise considering that Spencer had no connection to S.G. and the internet campaign was kind of a joke anyway.
22:25 August 1, 2011 by Dizz
Exactly! I think the officials are bending over backwards to be nice. Or they're conscious this may go two ways, either fade away as a silly summer joke or blow up in their faces as a blatant example of them ignoring public will. This is what is called the tyranny of the masses being fueled by the ridiculous.
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